Backyard Medicine

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Please join us as John Wolf of Wolfsong Farm teaches us about the medicines and foods that are growing in our backyards right now!

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John Wolf is a Farmer and Forager at Wolfsong Farm, located on 18 acres in Rockwall and Kaufman Counties, Texas about 25 miles east of Dallas Where seasonal clean food is grown and wild-crafted without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

You can learn more about John by visiting his web site at: https://www.facebook.com/WolfsongFarm

The February Chapter meeting:

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Schedule:
6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for the February meeting is:

Meadows Conference Center
Oak Corner Conference Room
2900 Live Oak Street
Dallas, TX 75204
214-821-0911

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!

Spring Creek Forest Preserve Interpretive Walking Trail Guide

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Spring Creek Park Preserve Interpretive Walking Trail at 1787 Holford Road, Garland, Texas

The thirteen markers along the looping trail identify some of the primary ecological features at Spring Creek Park Preserve. By following the markers, you will arrive back at the start of the trail with a better understanding of the ecology of this outstanding example of prairie and forest.

Click here to download the Guide:  spring-creek-interpretive-trail-flyer-2016-10

The markers are keyed to areas of ecological importance such as the blackland prairie, the forest edge, Spring Creek itself, the importance of leaving downed trees in place, and the strata of fossil layers that make up the limestone walls of the creek.

The information was created by students from the 2016 class of the North Texas Master Naturalists with support from the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest and the City of Garland Parks and Recreation Department.

Enjoy your walk!

 

Jim’s This & That, Jan 2017

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JIM’S THIS & THAT: January 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR! Note: Because January is about as slow as it gets in terms of scheduled walks and activities, there will only be one “This & That” this month. *** Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Robert Burns. (And did you know that “auld lang… Read More →

Understanding Environmental Quality in Shale Energy Basins

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Please join us as Doug Carlton teaches us about the ways that environmental quality is being protected during the current fracking boom in Texas.

Doug is trained as an analytical chemist, applying his training towards environmental areas of concern. He earned his bachelors in Chemistry in 2009 from East Texas Baptist University where he was also a four-year letterman on their football team. He then mdoug-carltonoved to DFW to begin his Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Arlington. During this period, he developed an expertise in separation science with mass spectrometry detection for known and unknown compounds. This was eventually applied to investigating 100 groundwater samples for unconventional drilling contamination across the Barnett Shale in 2011. As groundwater projects progressed across the state, his dissertation in 2014 culminated to “Tailored Analytical Methods for Surveying Groundwater Quality in Areas of Unconventional Drilling”. Upon graduation, we transitioned into his current role as the Project Manager for CLEAR, the Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation. CLEAR was established at UTA to centralize interdisciplinary research of possible industrial contamination events on air, soil, water, and human health and prospective remediation strategies. As Project Manager, Doug oversees ten undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc researchers studying varying environmental samples and remediation strategies for projects within shale plays across Texas and Pennsylvania.

The January Chapter meeting:

Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Schedule:
6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for the January meeting is:

Walnut Hill United Methodist Church 10066 Marsh Lane Dallas, TX 75229
Walnut Hill UMC is the church just north of the AgriLife office on Marsh Lane.
Once inside the building proceed to the meeting room in the basement.

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!